Clark Hoyt has been a reporter, editor, Washington bureau chief, corporate news executive and news ombudsman during a journalism career that started half a century ago at The Ledger in Lakeland, Florida. The majority of his career—38 years—was at Knight Ridder. In 1973, Hoyt shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting with Robert S. Boyd for their coverage of Democratic vice presidential nominee Thomas Eagleton's history of treatment for severe depression.

Hoyt was public editor, or ombudsman, for The New York Times from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, he joined Bloomberg News, where he was an editor at large in Washington and later senior adviser to the CEO and independent senior editor, or ombudsman.

Since 2016 Hoyt has been a contributing editor to InsideClimate News. He shepherded to publication in 2016 a reporting project on ExxonMobil's reliance on Canada's tar sands, which produce some of the world's dirtiest energy, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. He edited a series in 2017, Choke Hold, on the influence of the fossil fuel industry at multiple levels of society.

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